Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings for Sunday, March 8 GenesisPsalm 121Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17 Please find complete readings and more information here.
Upcoming Lenten Season Events
Wednesday evenings throughout Lent
March 4 through April 1
Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm with Potluck following worship
7:15 pm – Lenten Program
Lenten Program – Events across Diocese of Eastern and Western Michigan
March 7 – Central Leadership Day Workshops in Lansing
March 20-22 – CHARGE – a youth event for middle schoolers in Traverse City hosted by the ELCA
March 24 – Ordination of Wendy Brown and Thomas Manney to the Priesthood at St. Paul’s, Flint at 6 pm
March 28 – Northern Leadership Day Workshops More information about these events is available at www.edwm.org.
|March 4: Roman Times and Roman Life|
March 11: The Neighborhood of Jesus: Herodian Sepphoris
March 18: Judaism in the Two Galilees: Upper and Lower
March 25: Synagogue and Village Life *Led by Connie Groh
April 1: Village Imagery and the Rescue of Sinners
|Denny Groh is University Chaplain Emeritus and Professor of Humanities and Archaeology (retired), Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. Previously he services (1968-96) as Professor of the History of Christianity in Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and in the graduate faculty, Northwestern University, from which he holds BD and PhD degrees, respectively. He taught as a visiting professor or distinguished scholarly lecturer at numerous academic institutions, here and abroad. Among his many professional offices, he served for 17 years on the editorial board of the Anglican Theological Review as an assistant editor for patristics. A veteran field archaeologist and historian, he has written, co-written, edited, or co-edited numerous books and articles in patristics and archaeology of the Roman centuries in Israel and the Mediterranean world. He is also a retired Elder of the Methodist Church and a member of St. David’s.|
Connie Groh holds a BA from Michigan State University, a JD from The University of Michigan Law School, an MTS from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Northwestern University. The latter two degrees are in Early Christianity. She served as Assistant University Chaplain at Illinois Wesleyan University and has taught at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois Wesleyan, Illinois State University, Heartland Community College, and the Evening College at Michigan State University. She has been a professional member of the field staff of the University of South Florida excavations at Sepphoris and the Samford University excavations at Shikhin, both sites in Galilee. She is currently of counsel to the John Liskey Law Firm in Lansing and a lay reader at St. David’s.
The next St. David’s Senior World program will be held on Thursday, March 12. All are invited to attend – young and old, men and women. Join us in the Great Hall.
The program begins with lunch at 11:30 am, followed by a short program, a few songs, a closing prayers, Please bring a dish to pass. If you have questions, please see John post or Rev. Carol.
St. David of Wales
In case you missed our celebration of St. David’s Day last week, check out some interesting information about our patron saint here and visit the American Friends of St. David’s Cathedral for ways in which we can support St. David’s work, which continues to this day.
Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd (Do ye the little things in life).
|Diocese to hold online compline throughout Lent|
|In the midst of a culture of fear and division, we enter into Lent: a season of reflection and waiting – a taking stock of how our relationship with God impacts the love we share with others. Our message, our evangelism, is strengthened when we take seriously our duties to the study of scripture and life of prayer. |
As we enter into Lent, you are invited to take on the practice of praying Compline, both individually and with the wider community, using Facebook Live.
Throughout Lent and concluding Good Friday, our diocesan Facebook pages (Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan) will host an online Compline Service each Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m. Each service will be facilitated by a leader from either diocese using readings and meditations from the Way of Love lenten calendar. To join, simply visit either page and join the service. Share your prayers and “amens!” using the comments of the video.
Bishop Hougland will kick off our online gatherings at 8 p.m. on Ash Wednesday.
And please pray on your own throughout the week, using Compline or whatever service or meditation brings you comfort. I encourage you to use the Way of Love lenten calendar to track your readings and reflections along the way.
Katie Forsyth Canon for Evangelism & NetworkingThe Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern & Western Michigan